ISLRTC and NCERT sign MoU to convert educational materials into Indian Sign Language

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on October 6, 2020 between Indian Sign Language Research and Training Center (ISLRTC) and NCERT in order to make education materials accessible for Deaf children. The education materials would be available in their preferred format of communication  .

Significance

NCERT textbooks in Indian Sign Language will make educational resources available to Hearing Impaired children in Indian Sign Language. The MoU will convert the educational print materials, teachers’ handbook, supplementary materials and NCERT Textbooks into digital sign language. MoU also fulfil the needs of Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 and New Education Policy, 2020. The MoU ensures educational standardisation of Indian Sign Language as per the mandate of New Education Policy, 2020. Thus, it will enhance the literary skills of 18.9% of the deaf Indian population.

What GoI is doing in this regard?

The Government of India (GoI) has taken several measures to empower and help the deaf people. The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment launched the second edition of Indian Sign Language Dictionary recently. It was developed by the Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre. It is present in digital as well as print format.The dictionary include 6000 words under categories including the legal, technical, academic, medical and every day terms.

International efforts

  • International Day of Sign Languages–  The day is celebrated on September 23 annually to commemorate the foundation of the World Federation of the Deaf.
  • World Federation of DeafIt is an NGO that works as an important body for the National associations of deaf people.  The federation organises The World Congress every four years.  The organisation is aimed at improving the status of national sign languages, improving access of information and services and promoting the establishment of deaf organisations. In the line, The National Association of the Deaf, India is associated with the World Federation of Deaf.